Spring fever: Prolonged warm spell will thaw Midwest, Plains

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Finally, Some Lasting Warmth!

By Weather.com, Jon Erdman

You're sick of winter, aren't you?

It's okay to admit it. You're not alone. (Apologies to those in Florida, Hawaii, the Desert Southwest, ski resort owners or students hoping for more snow days. This meteorological counseling session isn't for you.)

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Look, we love the meteorology of winter storms and arctic cold outbreaks. It's part of our DNA at The Weather Channel and weather.com.

(MORE: Winter Storm Central | Winter Expert, Tom Niziol)

However, meteorologists (and yours truly, in particular) love the phrase "pattern change."

After Winter Storm Thor dumped over 20 inches of snow in some areas, stranding hundreds of travelers, and record-shattering March cold followed, I think it's safe to say we could all use a pattern change.

Let's first recap the persistent pattern we've been stuck in recently.

A Winter Rut

For the second winter in a row, the jet stream tended to migrate northward over the eastern Pacific Ocean, then plunge sharply southward into the central and eastern United States. This was particularly the case from late January through February.

As a result, several cities in the Midwest and East chalked up one of their coldest, if not the coldest Februaries on record. Several arctic outbreaks delivered the coldest air so late in the season in February and in early March.

At the same time, parts of the West wondered where winter had gone, tallying their record warmest February and, in some cases, winter season (December-February).

(FEBRUARY RECORDS: Cold | Warm)

If that wasn't enough, a roughly monthlong siege of snow buried parts of New England, setting new monthly snowfall records from Maine to Massachusetts.

(MORE: New England's Record-Breaking Snow | This Winter's Snow in 10-Second GIFs)

We've had 12 named winter storms in just over six weeks since from January 21 through March 5.

Had enough? Here's some good news for shivering souls.


Do I Hear 50 Degrees?

You're going to have to be a little patient.

After Winter Storm Thor , a record early-March cold snapwith subzero cold as far south as the Ohio Valley settles in to end the week.

Hang in there.

Later next week, the jet stream pattern, at least temporarily, makes a subtle but important shift, with a southward dip in the jet, known as an upper-level trough, near or just off the West Coast.

Over the nation's midsection, instead of plunging southward out of northern Canada, the jet stream flattens or even bulges northward toward Canada.

While the incredible snowcover in parts of New England and a lingering southward dip in the jet stream may mitigate any significant warming – sorry, folks ... baby steps, here – a pronounced warmup is likely in the northern/central Plains and Upper Midwest next week.

The cold first eases in the nation's midsection heading into this weekend.

Highs in the 50s will surge northward into parts of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, the western Dakotas and Montana. By early next week, 60s may reach as far north as Billings, Montana and Des Moines, Iowa. Yes, even that elusive 70-degree mark isn't out of the question in parts of the central Plains.

In the Great Lakes, 40s should become more common. A few locations in the Upper Midwest (Twin Cities, Chicago, perhaps even Green Bay) may even flirt with the 50-degree mark next week.

(MAPS: 10-Day Forecast Highs/Lows)

While not as far above average as the Plains, some of this warmer air will extend into the Ohio Valley and Appalachians, as well. While easing of the cold is good news, there, steady melting of the snowpack laid down by Winter Storm Thor may worsen existing, or trigger new river flooding.

(INTERACTIVE MAP: Current Flood Alerts)

For the winter-weary Northeast, our longer-range guidance is suggesting highs in the 40s can be expected, at times, even in New England next week. A few 50s for highs can be expected, as well, farther south including Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., at times.

Of course, these are extended temperature forecasts, subject to uncertainty this far out. Previous forecasts of the demise of the stubborn winter pattern have, well, met their demise.

Also, the sun's energy first needs to melt any existing snowpack, before any appreciable warmup kicks in.

That said, we're seeing enough of a signal in the general pattern to indicate the relentless siege of cold is going to back off for some.

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Feb 02, 2015; 9:10 AM ET Weather forecast overview for the Northeast United States
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 01: A worker clears snow from an L platform on February 1, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Fifteen inches or more of snow is expected to fall on the city before Monday morning. The snow has caused power outages and forced about 2,000 flight cancelations at the city's airports. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 01: Jonathan Kletzel clears snow from the sidewalk outside his home on February 1, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Fifteen inches or more of snow is expected to fall on the city before Monday morning. The snow has caused power outages and forced about 2,000 flight cancelations at the city's airports. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 01: A man digs out his car along a snow-covered street on February 1, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Fifteen inches or more of snow is expected to fall on the city before Monday morning. The snow has caused power outages and forced about 2,000 flight cancelations at the city's airports. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 01: A cyclist takes cover from the snow on February 1, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Fifteen inches or more of snow is expected to fall on the city before Monday morning. The snow has caused power outages and forced about 2,000 flight cancelations at the city's airports. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
HINGHAM, MA - JANUARY 28: Jim Culbert is covered in snow as he uses a snowblower to clear his driveway of several feet of snow, on January 28, 2015 in Hingham, Massachusetts. A day after winter storm Juno dumped several feet of snow in the Boston area, people emerge to dig out or enjoy the snow. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)
HINGHAM, MA - JANUARY 28: Jim Culbert uses a snowblower to clear his driveway of several feet of snow, but ends up getting a lot of the snow on himself, on January 28, 2015 in Hingham, Massachusetts. A day after winter storm Juno dumped several feet of snow in the Boston area, people emerge to dig out or enjoy the snow. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)
HINGHAM, MA - JANUARY 28: Jim Culbert uses a snowblower to clear his driveway of several feet of snow, but ends up getting a lot of the snow on himself, on January 28, 2015 in Hingham, Massachusetts. A day after winter storm Juno dumped several feet of snow in the Boston area, people emerge to dig out or enjoy the snow. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)
PLAINVIEW, NY - JANUARY 27: A youngster is bundled up for protection from the elements at Mattlin Middle School on January 27, 2015 in Plainview, New York. The Long Island region received between 12 and 30 inches of snow overnight into midday Tuesday from Winter Storm Juno. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
MARSHFIELD, MA - JANUARY 27: A chain link fence next to the damaged sea wall in Marshfield, Mass. was also brought down during winter storm Juno on Jan. 27, 2015. (Photo by Laura Crimaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
PLAINVIEW, NY - JANUARY 27: Residents take advantage of sledding opportunties at Mattlin Middle School on January 27, 2015 in Plainview, New York. The Long Island region received between 12 and 30 inches of snow overnight into midday Tuesday from Winter Storm Juno. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
A blizzard that was supposed to be of historic proportions but wasn't prompted emergency precautions some city officials are now having to defend.
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 27: Snow blankets the South End neighborhood, after 16 hours of snow accumulation on January 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Twenty-six inches of snow fell on Boston by the late afternoon, and up to 33 inches in other parts of Massachusetts. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
SCITUATE, MA - JANUARY 27: A wave slams into a part of the Scituate, Mass. town sea wall as an evening high tide approaches. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MARSHFIELD, MA - JANUARY 27: A home on Ocean Street in Marshfield, Mass. suffered damage from the force of the ocean during winter storm Juno on Jan. 27, 2015. (Photo by Laura Crimaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MARSHFIELD, MA - JANUARY 27: Homes along the shore of Brant Rock on the ocean are destroyed by the force of the ocean during the blizzard. Large rocks have filled the area. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MARSHFIELD, MA - JANUARY 27: Homes along the shore of Brant Rock on the ocean are destroyed by the force of the ocean during the blizzard. Large rocks have filled the area. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MARSHFIELD, MA - JANUARY 27: Homes along the shore of Brant Rock on the ocean are destroyed by the force of the ocean during the blizzard. Downed power lines. Large rocks have filled the area. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MARSHFIELD, MA - JANUARY 27: Homes along the shore of Brant Rock on the ocean are destroyed by the force of the ocean during the blizzard. Resident Simon Adkins from Marshfield brave the wind to survey the damage. Large rocks have filled the area. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, ME - JANUARY 27: Mary Moga of Portland walks down an empty Park Avenue as a blizzard hit Maine Tuesday, January 27, 2015. (Photo by Gabe Souza/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 27: A snow plow works to clear the streets of the Back Bay neighborhood in the late afternoon after 16 hours of snow accumulation during a blizzard on January 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Twenty-six inches of snow fell on Boston by the late afternoon, and up to 33 inches in other parts of Massachusetts. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
MARSHFIELD, MA - JANUARY 27: Homes along the shore of Brant Rock on the ocean are destroyed by the force of the ocean during the blizzard. Large rocks have filled the area. Lobsters traps washed up on Ocean Street as an electric company truck stands by. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Newspaper dispensers stand covered in snow on Charles Street as winter storm Juno continues to move through Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Snow will fall across eastern Massachusetts for the next several hours as the blizzard that missed New York buries much of New England, shutting down transportation and knocking out power to thousands of consumers and to Entergy Corp.'s Pilgrim nuclear plant. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A howling blizzard heaped less snow on New York City that forecasters expected, leaving politicians defending their near-total shutdown on travel. (Jan. 27)
A snow plow cleans the area around the State House on Beacon Street as winter storm Juno continues to move through Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Snow will fall across eastern Massachusetts for the next several hours as the blizzard that missed New York buries much of New England, shutting down transportation and knocking out power to thousands of consumers and to Entergy Corp.s Pilgrim nuclear plant. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A snow plow cleans the area around the State House on Beacon Street as winter storm Juno continues to move through Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Snow will fall across eastern Massachusetts for the next several hours as the blizzard that missed New York buries much of New England, shutting down transportation and knocking out power to thousands of consumers and to Entergy Corp.s Pilgrim nuclear plant. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Cars sit covered in snow on Joy Street as winter storm Juno continues to move through the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Snow will fall across eastern Massachusetts for the next several hours as the blizzard that missed New York buries much of New England, shutting down transportation and knocking out power to thousands of consumers and to Entergy Corp.'s Pilgrim nuclear plant. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A woman struggles to cross Clarendon Street in the snow as winter storm Juno continues to move through Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Snow will fall across eastern Massachusetts for the next several hours as the blizzard that missed New York buries much of New England, shutting down transportation and knocking out power to thousands of consumers and to Entergy Corp.'s Pilgrim nuclear plant. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NORTH WINDHAM, ME - JANUARY 27: Tyler Emery of Windham rides his fat bike along Rt. 302 in North Windham while watching out for multiple snow plows. (Photo by John Patriquin/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
LEXINGTON, MA - JANUARY 27: A nurse on her way to work in Acton stops her car on the side of the road to clear her windshield wipers early morning during winter storm Juno on Tuesday. (Photo by Joanne Rathe/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 27: Snow blankets the South End neighborhood during a blizzard on January 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Up to three feet of snow is expected to hit parts of Massachusetts. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
A woman walks on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York after a snowstorm on January 27, 2015. A blizzard initially billed as possibly one of the worst ever in New York left only moderate snow in the Big Apple -- and officials and forecasters red-faced -- as New England bore the brunt of the storm on January 27. Travel bans were lifted and limited public transport resumed in New York, where officials were forced to launch a vigorous defense of the measures put in place as Winter Storm Juno moved in on Monday. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 27: Snow blankets the Back Bay neighborhood during a blizzard on January 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Up to three feet of snow is expected to hit parts of Massachusetts. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
LEXINGTON, MA - JANUARY 27: A bulldozer plows during winter storm Juno in the early morning. (Photo by Joanne Rathe/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WINTHROP, MA - JANUARY 27: An emergency vehicle drives down a snowy Winthrop Shore Drive in the early morning following an overnight blizzard January 27, 2015 in Winthrop, Massachusetts. The blizzard hit the region bringing strong wind gusts and up to two feet of snow in some areas. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the winter storm failed to live up to predictions in some areas, but much of the state will likely be spending the day snowed in, as a winter storm continues to pound the state. (Jan. 27)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Cars wade through a street following road closures in Times Square on January 26, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10 to 30 inches of snow to the area. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: People walk down mostly empty streets following road closures in Times Square on January 26, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10 to 30 inches of snow to the area. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: People walk down mostly empty streets following road closures in Times Square on January 26, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10 to 30 inches of snow to the area. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Cars wade through a street following road closures in Times Square on January 26, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10 to 30 inches of snow to the area. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: A snowplow is seen on a street following road closures in Times Square on January 26, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10 to 30 inches of snow to the area. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: People queue in a line at Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan on January 26, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10 to 30 inches of snow to the area. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Scott Leach withstands heavy snow fall and wind gusts of an approaching blizzard in New York, NY, January 26, 2015. A blizzard warning has been issued for New York City prompting the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to close all subway stations beginning tonight at 11 pm. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Pedestrians walk along a Manhattan street in heavy snow on January 26, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 18 to 24 inches of snow to the area. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that only emergency vehicles will be allowed on area roads after 11pm. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Pedestrians walk along a Manhattan street in heavy snow on January 26, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 18 to 24 inches of snow to the area. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that only emergency vehicles will be allowed on area roads after 11pm. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Pedestrians walk along a Manhattan street in heavy snow on January 26, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 18 to 24 inches of snow to the area. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that only emergency vehicles will be allowed on area roads after 11pm. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Pedestrians walk along a Manhattan street in heavy snow on January 26, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 18 to 24 inches of snow to the area. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that only emergency vehicles will be allowed on area roads after 11pm. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A woman pushes a stroller in a snow storm in New York on January 26, 2015. Thousands of flights were canceled Monday as millions of Americans in the Northeast braced for a winter storm that New York's mayor warned could be one of the biggest blizzards in history. Snow, which was already falling across the region, is expected to accumulate steadily throughout the day before turning into a major storm expected to paralyze parts of New York and New England. Officials in states along the US East Coast have urged residents to stay home as they prepare for Winter Storm Juno, which could dump up to three feet (about a meter) of snow in some areas. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Pedestrians have a snowball fight in Times Square following a mandatory shutdown of the streets at 11 p.m. on January 26, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10 to 30 inches of snow to the area. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: A man stands on skis in Times Square on January 26, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10 to 30 inches of snow to the area. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: A man uses a snow thrower in Times Square on January 26, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10 to 30 inches of snow to the area. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
A worker shovels snow from the front of a theater in New York's Times Square during a snow storm on January 26, 2015. A winter storm pounded the northeastern United US on January 26 hitting tens of millions of people and forcing the rare cancelation of Broadway shows in an 'historic' New York blizzard. Winter Storm Juno is expected to dump up to three feet (around a meter) of snow in parts of the northeast, with the worst affected areas likely to be New England, particularly Connecticut and Massachusetts. More than 6,560 flights on Monday and Tuesday were cancelled, the New York city transit system was to shut at 11pm and road travel made a criminal offense in 13 counties of New York state. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: An entrance to the subway is covered in snow in Times Square on January 26, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10 to 30 inches of snow to the area. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
Meteorologist Ari Sarsalari talks about how parts of the Northeast could see two feet or more of snow Monday night through Wednesday from Winter Storm Juno.
A man crosses a street in New York's Times Square during a snow storm on January 26, 2015. A winter storm pounded the northeastern United US on January 26 hitting tens of millions of people and forcing the rare cancelation of Broadway shows in an 'historic' New York blizzard. Winter Storm Juno is expected to dump up to three feet (around a meter) of snow in parts of the northeast, with the worst affected areas likely to be New England, particularly Connecticut and Massachusetts. More than 6,560 flights on Monday and Tuesday were cancelled, the New York city transit system was to shut at 11pm and road travel made a criminal offense in 13 counties of New York state. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
People cross a street covered in snow in New York's Times Square during a snow storm on January 26, 2015. A winter storm pounded the northeastern United US on January 26 hitting tens of millions of people and forcing the rare cancelation of Broadway shows in an 'historic' New York blizzard. Winter Storm Juno is expected to dump up to three feet (around a meter) of snow in parts of the northeast, with the worst affected areas likely to be New England, particularly Connecticut and Massachusetts. More than 6,560 flights on Monday and Tuesday were cancelled, the New York city transit system was to shut at 11pm and road travel made a criminal offense in 13 counties of New York state. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a state of emergency as residents prepare to be hit with a record amount of snow and blizzard conditions. (Jan. 26)
An employee bags groceries at a register while customers purchase items before the storm at Market Basket in Brockton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Wind-driven snow falling as fast as four inches per hour is poised to bring travel and commerce to a standstill from New York to Boston. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A customer grabs a case of water while stocking up for the storm at Market Basket in Brockton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Wind-driven snow falling as fast as four inches per hour is poised to bring travel and commerce to a standstill from New York to Boston. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Customers shop for supplies to prepare for the winter storm at a Home Depot Inc. store in Secaucus, New Jersey, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Wind-driven snow falling as fast as four inches per hour is poised to bring travel and commerce to a standstill from New York to Boston. Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Customers line up to purchase items before the storm at Market Basket in Brockton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Wind-driven snow falling as fast as four inches per hour is poised to bring travel and commerce to a standstill from New York to Boston. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Snow and ice melter is displayed for sale at a Home Depot Inc. store in Secaucus, New Jersey, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Wind-driven snow falling as fast as four inches per hour is poised to bring travel and commerce to a standstill from New York to Boston. Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A customer fills his cart with snow melt at a Home Depot Inc. store in Secaucus, New Jersey, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Wind-driven snow falling as fast as four inches per hour is poised to bring travel and commerce to a standstill from New York to Boston. Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A shelf of water bottles sits nearly empty at Market Basket in Brockton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Wind-driven snow falling as fast as four inches per hour is poised to bring travel and commerce to a standstill from New York to Boston. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Customers push carts while stocking up for the storm at Market Basket in Brockton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Wind-driven snow falling as fast as four inches per hour is poised to bring travel and commerce to a standstill from New York to Boston. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A customer purchases the last available generator at a Home Depot Inc. store in Secaucus, New Jersey, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Wind-driven snow falling as fast as four inches per hour is poised to bring travel and commerce to a standstill from New York to Boston. Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Customers shop for ice melt at a Home Depot Inc. store in Secaucus, New Jersey, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Wind-driven snow falling as fast as four inches per hour is poised to bring travel and commerce to a standstill from New York to Boston. Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A customer purchases the last available generator at a Home Depot Inc. store in Secaucus, New Jersey, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Wind-driven snow falling as fast as four inches per hour is poised to bring travel and commerce to a standstill from New York to Boston. Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A customer shops for supplies to prepare for the winter storm at a Home Depot Inc. store in Secaucus, New Jersey, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Wind-driven snow falling as fast as four inches per hour is poised to bring travel and commerce to a standstill from New York to Boston. Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A customer pushes his cart filled with snow melt at a Home Depot Inc. store in Secaucus, New Jersey, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Wind-driven snow falling as fast as four inches per hour is poised to bring travel and commerce to a standstill from New York to Boston. Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A customer purchases the last available generator at a Home Depot Inc. store in Secaucus, New Jersey, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Wind-driven snow falling as fast as four inches per hour is poised to bring travel and commerce to a standstill from New York to Boston. Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Cars drive on a Manhattan Street in heavy snow on January 26, 2015 in New York City. Much of the Northeast is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10 to 30 inches of snow. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that only emergency vehicles will be allowed on area roads after 11pm. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A tugboat sails on the East River during a snow storm in New York on January 26, 2015. Thousands of flights were canceled as millions of Americans in the Northeast braced for a winter storm that New York's mayor warned could be one of the biggest blizzards in history. Snow, which was already falling across the region, is expected to accumulate steadily throughout the day before turning into a major storm expected to paralyze parts of New York and New England. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: A person walks along a Manhattan street in heavy snow on January 26, 2015 in New York City. Much of the Northeast is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10 to 30 inches of snow. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that only emergency vehicles will be allowed on area roads after 11pm. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: A postal worker waits to cross Canal St. during a snowstorm on January 26, 2015 in New York City. Much of the Northeast is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10 to 30 inches of snow. (Photo by Preston Rescigno/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Snow and adverse weather conditions affect the daily life in New York, United States on January 26, 2015. US officials take precautions after American National Weather Service's warnings about the upcoming storm in the country's northeastern region. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Snow and adverse weather conditions affect the daily life in New York, United States on January 26, 2015. US officials take precautions after American National Weather Service's warnings about the upcoming storm in the country's northeastern region. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: People walk along a Manhattan street in heavy snow on January 26, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 18 to 24 inches of snow to the area. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that only emergency vehicles will be allowed on area roads after 11pm. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 26: Heavy surf pounds the shoreline where a boardwalk once stood before it was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, on January 26, 2015 in Atlantic City, NJ. Much of the Northeast is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10 to 30 inches of snow in some areas. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 26: In this handout provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the GOES-East satellite, a major winter storm develops over the mid-Atlantic region and is bringing snow to the Northeast of the U.S. pictured at 14:15 UTC on January 26, 2015. Blizzard Warnings are in effect for the coastal areas from New Jersey to Maine. The storm will move along the northeast coastline from Monday night into Tuesday bringing a significant amount of snow and blustery winds across the northeast and New England causing blizzard conditions. Snow totals of 1 to 3 feet will occur from the New York City area into southern and eastern New England. (Photo by NOAA/NASA GOES Project via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 26: In this handout provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the GOES-East satellite, a major winter storm develops over the mid-Atlantic region and is bringing snow to the Northeast of the U.S. pictured at 16:45 UTC on January 26, 2015. Blizzard Warnings are in effect for the coastal areas from New Jersey to Maine. The storm will move along the northeast coastline from Monday night into Tuesday bringing a significant amount of snow and blustery winds across the northeast and New England causing blizzard conditions. Snow totals of 1 to 3 feet will occur from the New York City area into southern and eastern New England. (Photo by NOAA/NASA GOES Project via Getty Images)
The National Weather Service said the nor'easter would bring heavy snow, powerful winds and widespread coastal flooding starting Monday and through Tuesday. (NOAA)
NOAA satellite loop taken on Monday morning January 26, 2015 of Nor'easter moving up the east coast of the U.S.
A man walks his dog in the snow on January 21, 2015 in Manassas, Virginia. AFP PHOTO / KAREN BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
A man plays with his dog in the snow on January 21, 2015 in Manassas, Virginia. AFP PHOTO / KAREN BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
A view of the Manassas National Battlefield park is seen on a snowy day on January 21, 2015 in Manassas, Virginia. AFP PHOTO / KAREN BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
QUINCY, MA - JANUARY 28: Sledding means a spray of ice and snow during 16 degree post blizzard sledding in Squantum. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HUDSON, MA - JANUARY 28: The cold weather didn't stop John Crossman, 79, from wearing shorts as he cleared away snow from where his mailbox and newspaper box reside at the end of his driveway in Hudson, Massachusetts January 27, 2015. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - JANUARY 28: J.C. cleans off his upper porch from snowfall on Minot Street in Dorchester. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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